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Bangalow koala death bring renewed calls for greater protections

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The disturbing find was made on Monday near the entry to Hinterland Way heading north by the President of the Bangalow Koalas protection group, Linda Sparrow.

The male koala that died in Bangalow this week. Image supplied

‘To say I am heart broken is an understatement,’ Ms Sparrow said.

‘Monday a week ago at 6.30am I got a call to go check on a koala right in this section of the road.

‘I was there in five minutes and after an exhaustive search there was no sign of the koala. I walked this very section, so today to find it’s body was soul destroying.

‘It must have died either that day or sometime just after. ‘

The site of the discovery was also close to a proposed brewery and child care centre development at Pioneers Way, Bangalow.

Ms Sparrow said that, if approved, the development would result in a ‘huge increase in traffic’ which had the potential to ‘decimate our koala population’.

She said the Development Application had ‘blatantly dismissed any ecological and fauna and flora issues’ from the proposed development.

‘We cannot allow this huge development put more stress on our already vulnerable koala,’ she said

‘A development of this size does not belong on the edge of our village and will forever destroy not just the character of Bangalow but potentially our precious Koala population.

‘If we are really serious about saving our koalas we need to ensure that koala corridors like this one are not turned into koala kill corridors.’

The $2.97m proposal, put forward by town planning firm Ardill Payne & Partners, includes a 1,012 sqm long-daycare centre for up to 100 children, a recreational facility comprising two pools and a gym, a brewery, and a retail garden centre with ancillary kitchen/bar/dining area.

The Statement of Environmental Effects provided as part of the application states that the development is consistent with the objectives of the RU2 zoning and ‘other applicable planning instruments and the Byron DCP’.

‘The subject land is considered appropriate and conducive to the proposed variety of rural land uses…’

‘It is considered that the development will not result in any land use conflicts and will won’t have any adverse impacts on the natural or man made environment.’

‘The development… will have a cumulative positive impact on the environment owing to the implementation of habitat restoration and landscaping.’

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  1. This proposed overdevelopment in Bangalow is also on a ridgeline and will dominate the landscape in this area of the village. That is an undesirable outcome for all residents. It’s negative impact on an adjoining heritage item of high significance is also undesirable.

  2. This looks like the place that was recently extensively cleared along the roadside, mostly camphor, but camphors are known to assist koalas in moving around and occasional food trees. Perhaps more attention shouldbe given to koala access for crossing the busy road when such clearing takes place, such as overpasses for the koalas

  3. Obviously if you going ahead with development in a koala corridoor, then you are choosing to destroy koalas. You need to come out of denial, and face the consequences of what will happen, and take responsibility for your choice

  4. Apart from being inappropriate development for the area, the combination of a Childcare Centre with a Brewery & Bar does not bear thinking about!


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